Hi Play Therapy Enthusiasts!

The Annual APT Conference is now open and ready for you to register!  It is always a good idea for you to register quickly so you can get first dibs at the workshops offered.  I know that I will be registering shortly after sending out this newsletter.  To register to join us October 3-7,2018 in Phoenix, AZ , got to www.a4pt.organd follow the links.  We hope to see you there!

It was great getting to see everyone at the Lunch-and-Learn in OKC on May 18th!  This summer, we are working on dates being scheduled in Owasso and Woodward.  I will be sending out another newsletter as soon as those are scheduled and be putting up the information on both our website and Facebook page.

Have a playful June!

Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S

OKAPT President

Hi Play Therapy Enthusiasts!

I hope this letter finds you well. We have our first Lunch and Learn scheduled for this year on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. It will be held at 3700 N. Classen Blvd., Oklahoma City, Ok 73118 in the first floor conference room. That room is to the left as you pass the elevator. I hope to see many of you members there! Remember, this workshop is free to APT members and the first one is free for any person interested in finding out more about play therapy. The workshop is $30 for those that are not members. Please register if you are coming to the workshop here:
Make plans now to attend the National Association for Play Therapy Conference being held in Pheonix, AZ October 3-7, 2018. I will inform you when the workshops are available to start registration.

Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S
OKAPT President

 Fun Fact
o The Association for Play Therapy calendar year begins on April 1st. Although we are close to being half way done with 2018, our APT year has just begun! We can’t wait to see you at the Lunch and Learns for this year!

Hi Play Therapy Enthusiasts!

Spring has sprung! Although I don’t think the weather is cooperating with it right now. I know I am ready for some warmer days up ahead. This season also marks the close of another year for the Association for Play Therapy. We are hoping to hear back soon if we have made the requirements to be considered a ‘Gold Branch’. A Gold Branch is a branch under the Association for Play Therapy that has obtained goals for trainings, networking, membership growth, RPT/S growth, and spreading the work of play therapy in the community. I will let you know if we have met our goal for Gold Branch in an upcoming newsletter.

Lunch-and Learns are also still in process at this time. We have a tentative date of May 18th for Oklahoma City. As I said in the previous newsletter, we are wanting to branch out to various communities in Oklahoma. We should get those scheduled soon and have some information about when a training is coming to your area! We are excited about this year for OKAPT and all it has to hold. We hope to see you at a training soon!

Thank you,
Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S
OKAPT President

Hi, Play Therapy Enthusiasts!

I hope this newsletter finds you all well. We had a very successful National Play Therapy week in Oklahoma! I saw lots of people getting out there and spreading awareness of play therapy to various populations. Thank you all for your involvement!

We have just met as a board and discussed upcoming Lunch and Learn schedules. We are hoping this year to spread out to more rural communities across the state that don’t get as much access to training opportunities, while still having a presence in the metro areas. As soon as we get trainings scheduled, I will inform you via this newsletter and you will also have access to the information online at: www.oka4pt.com.

Thank you!
Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S
OKAPT President

Hi, Play Therapy Enthusiasts!

Happy Play Therapy Week! Play Therapy week is February 4-10th this year. What are you doing in your community to bring awareness to the field of play therapy? I was able to reach out to a local family magazine in central Oklahoma and get an article published. Check it out: http://www.metrofamilymagazine.com/February-2018/What-is-Play-Therapy/
I also participated in a youtube video with my therapy group highlighting play therapy. Those are just a couple of ideas that you can use to bring awareness to play therapy in your local area. I hope you can take some time out of your week to share your experience of play therapy with someone new!

I also just wanted to give a note of thanks to everyone for joining us at this year’s conference with speaker Dr. Terry Kottman! We had a great time and are looking forward to preparing for the following year.

On a final note, Lunch and Learns will be scheduled soon. Please check back with us in the next newsletter or online!

Have a great week!

Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S
OKAPT President

The Annual Conference is drawing near! 

This is a reminder to go online now and sign up for the Saturday, January 27th conference with Terry Kottman.  All the information is on our website at:


You can also choose between two pre-conference workshops.  Members can receive 9 CEUs for attending Friday night and Saturday for as little as $85!  If you are not yet a member, become a member today at www.a4pt.org.  Not only will you get a discount on the conference, but we also provide other trainings throughout the state for members as an added benefit.  In addition, you will receive the “International Journal of Play Therapy”, “Play Therapy Magazine”, and numerous other online resources with your membership!

Toy Swap

Bring any toys to the conference to donate!  We will have a table set up that you can donate or take toys.


I look forward to seeing you all very soon!

Nancy Rumley Soliz

OKAPT President

Happy New Year Play Therapy Enthusiasts!

I hope that you had a safe and restful holiday.  We are looking forward to hosting Dr. Terry Kottman THIS MONTH!  If you haven’t taken the opportunity to do so, please go online and register.  All of the conference workshops are held at Tulsa Community College, NE Campus, 3727 E Apache St, Tulsa, OK 74115.  There will be signs posted on campus to direct you to your destination.   Registration for Saturday, January 27, 2018 conference, featuring Dr. Terry Kottman presenting, “Art Techniques for Play Therapists”, will begin at 8:00 am.  The opening ceremony will start at 8:45 am with Dr. Kottman beginning at 9:00 am.  There will be an hour lunch with a meal available for purchase.  During the lunch hour, all OKAPT members will be invited to a member’s meeting of OKAPT.  Six CEUs for LPC, LMFT, LCSW, LBP licensure and 6 direct contact hours for the Association for Play Therapy will be awarded at the end of the Saturday conference.

You can register for one of the two workshops being held Friday, January 26, 2018 from 6:00 PM-9:00 PM.  Each of those workshops are for 3 CEUs for LPC, LMFT, LCSW, LBP licensure and 3 direct contact hours for the Association for Play Therapy.   OKAPT members get to enjoy one of these workshops for FREE.  Non-members fee is $50.  Your choices are:

  • Mindfulness in Play Therapy: Good for Your Client, Good for You

Julie A. Reising, MA LMFT, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, OK Approved LMFT Supervisor, OKAPT Board Member at Large

  • Ethics/Supervision in Play Therapy

Stephanie Horton, LPC-S, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, OKAPT Board Treasurer, and Sharon Beets, LPC-S, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, OKAPT Board President Elect

A total of 9 hours of CEUs will be available if you attend both Friday evening and Saturday!  Register TODAY:


Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about the conference or if you are interested in being a vendor for the event.  I hope to see you at the end of the month!

Nancy Rumley Soliz

OKAPT President

OKAPT Member Kudos!

  • Sharolyn Wallace has been named Board Chair of the Association for Play Therapy. This is a great honor as she is the first person from Oklahoma to be named Board Chair!
  • Check out Dr. Diane Stutey’s recent publication in the January 2018 issue of the International Journal of Play Therapy.






Hi, Play Therapy Enthusiasts!

Our last Lunch and Learn for the year is THIS FRIDAY, December 8, in Stillwater.  Please join Dr. Diane Stutey and OKAPT board member Nikkie Dunnigan as they present: “Reality Play Therapy: A Playful Approach for Older Children, Teens, and Adults”.  To register for this FREE training for OKAPT members, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/okapt-lunch-and-learn-reality-play-therapy-tickets-39621782819

This will be our last Lunch and Learn for 2017.  We will kick off next year’s trainings after our Annual Conference in January.  I will keep you up to date with those trainings through newsletters and at our website: http://oka4pt.com/training/


Registration for the Annual Conference is now LIVE

Join us on Saturday, January 27, 2018 to see Dr. Terry Kottman present “Art Techniques for Play Therapists.”  Registration opens at 8:00 am with the Opening Ceremony commencing at 8:45 am and training closing at 4:45 pm.  We will be having a member meeting during the lunch hour.  ALL MEMBERS are invited to attend this meeting.  We want to hear your ideas for this next year!

On Friday, January 26, 2018, Pre-Conference workshops will be held.  If you are a member, you can attend one of these for FREE!  Non-members are also invited to attend for $50.  You can chose between two workshops:

  • Julie Reising, LMFT presenting: “Mindfulness in Play Therapy: Why it is Good for Play Therapy and You!”
  • Stephanie Horton, LPC, RPT-S and Sharon Beets, LPC, RPT-S presenting: “Ethics/Supervision in Play Therapy”

If you are interested in having a vendor booth at the conference, please email OKAPT for the form to fill out to participate at okassociationforplaytherapy@gmail.com.

For all of the information on the conference and to register, visit http://oka4pt.com/event/annual-conference-2018/

You must register for the Friday night workshops in order to attend.   Registration will close on the Thursday before the conference.


Thank you all and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Nancy Rumley Soliz

OKAPT President

Greetings Play Therapy Enthusiast!

The APT Annual Conference in Minneapolis was phenomenal!  I encourage you to set aside time in your calendar to join the conference next October 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.  Keep an eye on your inbox closer to time for details on how to register.

In Oklahoma, we have two more Lunch and Learns scheduled for 2017!

  • November, 10 2017 — Oklahoma City — St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

11:30 am-1:30pm

Title: Play Therapy 101 and the Ethics of the Practice of Play Therapy

Presenter: Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S


  • December 8, 2017 — Stillwater — Public Information Office Building

11:30 -1:30 pm

Title: Reality Play Therapy: A Playful Approach for Older Children, Teens, and Adults

Presenters: Diane Stutey, PhD, LPC, RPT-S and Nikkie Dunnigan, MS, LPC, RPT

Remember, as a member of OKAPT, the trainings are FREE!  You can check out the training for the first time for FREE as well.  The trainings are $30 for others attending.  Join OKAPT/APT at www.a4pt.org prior to attending to get in for FREE!

Oklahoma’s Annual Conference will be up for registration very soon!  I will be sending out a separate email when it goes live.  If you would like to know about being a vendor for the conference, please email okassociationforplaytherapy@gmail.com

Have a great day!

Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S

OKAPT President

Sharon Beets, RPT-S and President-Elect of the Oklahoma Association for Play Therapy hosted a Lunch & Learn last month in Broken Arrow. This training is one of eight Lunch & Learns hosted by OKAPT during 2017 at various locations across the state. These Lunch & Learns are FREE to members of the Association for Play Therapy.



Tulsa Lunch and Learn will be THIS Friday, October, 27th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in Broken Arrow.  FREE to OKAPT members!  The location is:

517 W. Washington
Annex behind Brighter Dimensions


Email Sharon Beets, LPC, RPT if you are attending.  skbeets@yahoo.com


Stay tuned for the registration for the OKAPT Annual Conference in January with Terry Kottman!

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